Ashley Melzer is an improviser, writer, photographer, and filmmaker based in Durham, NC. Born in North Florida, she received her Bachelors in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and then a Masters in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work has been featured in Indy Week, Paste Magazine, eMusic, The Carrboro Citizen, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. She's worked with Hopscotch, Moogfest, the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, The Groove Productions, Thornapple Films, Southern Cultures Journal, The Southern Oral History Program and more. Ashley is the Producer of You Gave Me a Song, a new documentary about the life and music of legendary old-time and bluegrass musician Alice Gerrard. The film premiered at the 2019 Full Frame Film Festival and is now playing at festivals nationwide.
Ashley is a founding partner and stakeholder of Mettlesome. She directs Hush Hush, performs with Golden Age, and serves as executive producer of Clarified Butter. She also produced the debut sketch show, Two Months In - An Original Sketch Comedy Revue and Bump in the Night - A Spooky Sketch Comedy Revue.
Ashley has studied with Aaron Jackson, Joey Price, Ben Rameaka, Paula Pazderka, Harrison Brookie, Rachel Mason, and more.
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